Cleansing From Filthiness of Flesh and Spirit

“Having, therefore, these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”–2 Cor. 7:1.

R4974 – IN OUR TEXT the expression, “filthiness of the flesh,” seems to be a general one, in contrast with the Divine purity in which man was created. All violation of Law is sin; and all sin is symbolized by leprosy, a very filthy disease. The Apostle, however, does not mean that he and the other brethren were filthy in having the very gross sins that the world has; for any one worthy of the name of brother in Christ would have turned his back upon all gross sins and would have put away all those before he could have become a brother. But the Apostle is speaking of the “dearly beloved” who have left all these, who have left the “wallowing in the mire,” as the Apostle Peter puts it.

To what extent we may cleanse ourselves will depend upon the viewpoint from which we speak. The Apostle’s thought seems to be that we continue cleansing ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, as though he were pointing to a progressive work–to a high standard toward which we progress: “Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48.) In one sense, this is impossible. With imperfect bodies, we cannot always do perfectly, even with the best of intentions and motives. But God’s provision is that the blood of Jesus Christ keeps cleansing us from all sin, so that His people should maintain this very condition in the Lord’s sight–a condition of perfection at all times. That is to say, if they find they have come short, they should go to Him for a covering of their blemishes.

But even if the Lord’s people do not recognize where they have done wrong, they should know that all have sinned and come short; therefore, they should entreat the forgiveness of their trespasses. They should come to the frame of mind where they will be willing to cover the weaknesses of others, as they desire to be forgiven by God. We cannot suppose that God would be in love with any one who is practicing sin. But He has made that arrangement by which we may be cleansed from sin. Thus the Lord’s people are exhorted to be “without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.” Their robe is to be wholly without filthiness of the flesh. If a spot should appear, small or great, it would be the duty and privilege of the one whose garment is soiled to have it cleansed without delay and not to remain in filthiness. This matter of keeping our garment unspotted from the world is one that should have our continual attention if we would have the Lord esteem us without spot or wrinkle.

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3 comments to Cleansing From Filthiness of Flesh and Spirit

  • arimathewdavies

    as we grow closer to the end of this mess we need to be the marker lights on
    the road lets help get people to jesus!

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Hi, Ari so nice to hear from you. Yes we should try to be beacons of light. How have you been doing this year?

  • Jacqueline

    Ron Jeremy, hello. Your post is deleted because some might consider your language inappropriate. You might however be really sincere. Your questions of a sexual nature have been discussed openly at the Kingdom Hall and decisions have been made on such personal issues.
    We however would like for you to address your questions of this nature to the contact us tab located to the left after “about”.
    Bible Students and perhaps other religions visiting this site might wonder about your frank questions, why you would do such a thing. But all JW reading this know that such frankness have been discussed with little children and young ones and teenagers present at the kingdom hall. Such should not be the case because it desensitizes the child and makes them vulnerable to predators as they will think such discussions with them are okay.
    So, we are not ignoring you but would like for you to send it privately to the administration.
    Thanking you for your understanding and compliance in advance, Jacqueline
    PS: To readers, Jeremy has questions that appy to the marital bed. Consenting matters between husband and wife.

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